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Barack Obama, JD Biography

44th US President
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"

“I think it [health care] should be a right for every American. In a country as wealthy as ours, for us to have people who are going bankrupt because they can’t pay their medical bills — for my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about that.”

Presidential debate in Nashville, TN, moderated by Tom Brokaw of NBC News, Oct. 7, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
  • Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
  • US Senator (D-IL), 2005-Nov. 16, 2008

  • Recipient, Honorary JD, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 2006
  • Recipient, Chairman’s Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2005
  • Named one of 100 most influential people in the world, Time magazine, 2005
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate, Knox College, 2005
  • Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
  • Democratic Senator, Illinois State Senate, 1996-2004
  • Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1992-1996
  • Former Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • JD, Harvard University, 1991

  • BA, Columbia University, 1983
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  • First black president of the United States
  • First black president of the Harvard Law Review
  • Born on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?